Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Advent: 8

Luke 1:10 "And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside."

God is such a good story teller. He is about to send "Emmanuel -God with us" into the world. So, to lay the groundwork for such a huge turn of events, He aims the spotlight toward the priest, Zechariah.

In terms of access to the Presence of God, this guy won the jackpot. His priesthood and lineage got him most of the way there, then a toss of the dice earned him singular access to worship.

Outside the veil were the other priests - who though qualified, had not been chosen.

Outside the walls were the assembled worshipers - those whose desire to commune could only be satisfied vicariously.

Outside the city were shepherds - who would never be allowed the opportunity to personally adore the One True God.

Or so it seemed.

"Your holy presence
Surrounding me
In every season
I know You love me

Your Glory fills the highest place
What can separate me now?

You tore the veil,
You made a way!"

Come, O come, Emmanuel!